I can’t decide whether I like her character, or if I abhor it. She’s literally the wet dream of every other shut-in; she reiterates every other generic comeback, she codes video games, and she’s
attractive not completely unattractive. At the same time, her forced humor is humorous because it’s forced. Bleh. Let’s move on to the developments.
Subaru’s incident with his father’s a bit of an enigma; his father didn’t react to much to the supposed possibility of Subaru working with robots until the incident itself broke up. When he was first introduced, the mood evoked insinuated more of a “Subaru’s the one that doesn’t want everyone to know that he plays with robots.” I really insinuated more of a past, traumatic incident that revolved around him losing a competition, or something petty along the lines of that. But this episode shifted the trauma to center less around him, and more around his family. Now, I’m not the type to love reading into symbolism; but we are given juxtaposed parallels: robotics and fishing. In a traditional sense, they would reflect the arts of the new, and the arts of the old. But, Robotics;Notes’s structure [and the works of its predecessors] isn’t as pretentiously flamboyant to include flagrant symbolism as such.
We can take a few shots in the dark in theorizing the actual reason behind the incident. It doesn’t seem plausible for his father to be incredibly passionate about his trade as a fisherman; if this were the case, then it would have been incessantly accentuated. The reason for his rage goes more along the lines of a broken promise than the contents of said promise. Then there’s the reason of needing to make the promises. The former theory of it revolving around the solar flares could still hold ground; I don’t want to extend too far into developing mercurial plot developments more than characters themselves, but we should take into account the family structure. There’s a father, there’s a son, but there’s not a mother; this could be the result of just another plot development, or there could be an underlining, nefarious past development [perhaps revolving around robots]. It’s a little too soon to extend onto his family history, there’s not enough tangible evidence.
Onto his character, there’s also the matter of his giving up his passion so easily. He’s typically the phlegmatic type around his friends, but he’s apt to outbursts when provoked [even the playful words from Frau irritate an outpouring]. His secret identity also exhibits a personality much more extroverted and flamboyant than he truly is; it isn’t too “large” of a stretch to assume that this is his outlet for releasing pressure. If something truly did occur in the past that could have catalyzed his father’s hatred of robots, and if he truly did live under recurrent tantalizing from his father revolving around robots, then it could serve as an explanation.
But there’s still the matter of his father’s character. His father’s not characterized as the type to be naturally violent. When he struck Subaru, Subaru must have broken much more than a promise [which is why I’m bent on the mother theory]. When Akiho hindered Subaru’s father, he didn’t strike her. Previous to this encounter, he was rational with his son, never being fully inquisitive, merely curious. He didn’t act until he had cumulative evidence that truly placed Subaru at “the scene of the crime.” Given his father’s personality, there has to be an enormous catalyst with the capabilities of superseding fatherly love [you’re hitting your son] and an inherent pragmatism.
As to Akiho, she has another episode. When she first had her attack, she was doing a considerable amount of work; during this episode, her attack occurred because she was hyped up. This is a relatively ironic type of condition, considering it strikes whenever she’s “hyped.” But since she’s naturally energetic and extroverted, we would have to assume the presence of a polarity for the excitement [good excitement v. bad excitement]. Nevertheless, her illness is still an enigma.
Robotics;Notes is developing fairly well. It’ll be interesting to see how far these far-fetched predictions will go.